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A Japan Company Transfers Its Maglev Tech to U.S. for Free

 Is it possible that we get levitating train tech a little sooner?


A maglev train in Japan. Image credit: NTDTV / YouTube.

It is reported that JR Tokai, the Japanese rail operator, would transfer its proprietary “maglev” technology free of charge to the US. Such “maglev” technology could ensure the trains to hover 10 centimeters (nearly 4 inches) above tracks with a speed of 500 kph (310 mph) while it moves. It is hoped the US would build high-speed rail line between Washington D.C. and Baltimore by application of this technology.

By creating magnetic fields with onboard superconducting magnets, which in turn interact with ground coils in the rail, the said magnetic-levitation technology is able to make the whole train to “float” just above the ground with very fast driving speed.

On April 12, 2014, Madam Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went on a maglev train in Yamanashi Prefecture. The Japanese government is intended to make arrangements to discuss the proposal of providing the technological assistance in this field when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

The company of Northeast Maglev would offer its help for the building a train line from New York to Washington with such technology.

If the train line is built, the travel from New York to Washington would be within an hour, much faster than travelling on the 150-mph Amtrak Acela trains and it could save an hour and 40 minutes by the new train. In most instances, it would be thought to be faster than travelling by normal airplanes.

When taking the difficulty of funding rail projects in the US into account, it seems that such new rail line would not come into being shortly in the future. However, it might be considerably possible, because the Japanese government has expressed its intention to fund half of the construction cost which is estimated as1 trillion yen ($9.75 billion) with financial support from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Source: Nikkei.